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Erica Beach 
Softball / 1999-2002/ Inducted 2012
Beach played at Arizona State from 1999-2002, and as a pitcher and designated player, she led the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons with two Women's College World Series appearances in 1999 and 2002. She was named to the 2002 WCWS All-TournamentTeam as a pitcher and was a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree. Also strong in the classroom, Beach was a First Team Verizon Academic All-American in 2001. She was named a First-Team All-American as a freshman in 1999. In the fall of 2003, Beach began her professional career in Europe playing for the Sparks Haarlem in The Netherlands. She led the team to the 2003 European Cup championship and was named the European Cup Most Outstanding Pitcher. In 2004 and 2005, she played for the Arizona Heat in the National Pro Fastpitch League and was an All-Star in 2004. From 2006-08, Beach helped lead the New England Riptide to the NPF championship. Beach was named the fourth New Mexico head softball coach in school history on June 17, 2010. Beach came to UNM from Ohio State where she was a successful assistant for four seasons (2006-10).

Lucy Casarez
Softball / 1979-82
/ Inducted 2011
Casarez was a four-time all-conference pitcher. She owns ASU career records for victories (81), second in strikeouts (806), innings pitched (837 1/3) and winning percentage (.727). Casarez compiled a four-year composite earned run average of 0.63, fourth all-time. She is a member of ASU's 1982 squad, which finished fourth at the College World Series. Casarez allowed just 390 hits over 837+ innings pitched.

Lisa Dacquisto
Softball / 1994-97
/ Inducted 2008
Lisa Dacquisto was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a First-Team All-American as a junior and senior. She hit over .400 in both her junior and senior seasons, hitting .413 in 1997 to help the team reach the NCAA Tournament. She finished with a .378 career batting average and 87 RBI, and she is ASU's all-time leader in both hits (296) and stolen bases (102).

Kathy Escarcega
Softball / 1984-1987
/ Inducted 1999
She was a member of the South Team at the National Sports Festival in Louisiana in 1985. She earned All-Everything honors as a freshman, All-WCAA and All-Regional as a sophomore. She was selected First-Team All-American in 1987 and was a four-time All-Conference pick. She set multiple school records and is still ranked in the top 10 in career hits (fourth, 187), doubles (first, 39), runs batted in (second, 95), triples (first, 20) and stolen bases (eighth, 25). Her career batting average of .305 is the third best in ASU history. She is among ASU career leaders in homeruns with seven. She was a member of the ASU team that finished seventh in the College World Series in 1987.

Margie Wood Law
Softball / 1953-1957
/ Inducted 1977
A graduate of ASU with a bachelor's and master's degree, she taught tennis, archery, fencing, and golf at her alma mater. Her greatest fame came as a softball pitcher for the PBSW Ramblers, where she played in 21 world tournaments, with three of those appearances crowned by championships. An All-America 17 times at three different positions, she is a member of the Arizona and U.S. Softball Halls of Fame.

Paula Miller Noel
Softball / 1971-1973
/ Charter Inductee 1975
Noel was names the Most Valuable Player in the 1972 Women's College World Series. She was named to the College World Series All-Star Teams 1971-1973. She made the National American Softball Association first team All-America in 1974-75, and second team in 1973.

Mary Bea Porter
Golf, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball / 1968-73
/ Inducted 2001
Porter competed in four sports from 1968-73. In her senior season, Porter was a first-team All-American in golf and was named the College Athlete of the Year before joining the LPGA in 1973. She played on two NAIA women's golf national championship teams in 1970 and 1971.

Jodi Rathbun
Basketball and Softball / 1983-87
/ Inducted 2000
A standout performer in both women's basketball and softball, Rathbun (1983-87) garnered postseason honors in each sport. In 1987 she was named co-Pac-10 Player of the Year in softball en route to earning Second Team All-America recognition. Her career (.361) and 1986 single-season (.416) batting averages both rank fourth all-time at ASU. On the hardwood Rathbun was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 1984 and 1986. She is the Devils' career assist leader with 441 and also ranks seventh in school history with 1,194 points scored.

Marilyn Rau
Softball / 1971-1972
/ Inducted 1991
Rau played on Arizona State's 1971 and 1972 national championship teams. She was a gold medallist at the 1979 Pan American Games and a 1978 World Tournament championship team member. She played on the 1979 American Softball Association National Fast Pitch championship squad and was named Cactus Regional All-Star Catcher 11 times and ASA first team All-American six times. Rau earned three Olympic Festival gold medals (1978, 1981, and 1982), one Pan American Games gold medal (1979), and one South Pacific gold medal (1985). She also earned MVP honors while leading the Sun City Saints to the 1979 ASA national championship, the Saints' only national title.

Ann Rowan
Softball / 1988-1991
/ Inducted 2006
Rowan is perhaps the most prolific all-around hitter in ASU history...a shortstop who earned second-team All-America honors and all-conference recognition in 1990, a season in which she recorded an ASU single-season record 86 hits...also earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1991...ranks third on ASU's all-time list in triples (11), fifth in hits (245) and stolen bases (37)...finished with a career .312 batting average...was a member of three gold medal winning national teams...earned her first gold medal as a member of the 1991 Pan American Games, her second while on the 1993 USA National Team, which won the Intercontinental Cup in Holland, and her third gold medal at the 1995 Pan American Games.

 

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